FB: GRC dismantles Boone County, 59-7

Published 12:19 am Saturday, September 30, 2017

The George Rogers Clark High School football team celebrated its homecoming night with style Friday night at Cardinal Stadium.

The Cards thumped visiting Boone County, 59-7, behind a complete effort.

“We’ve still got to sharpen up some things,” GRC coach Oliver Lucas said. “We still have to learn how to win. We’re letting teams get back up after we’ve got them down. But we’re getting better.

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“This was a collective effort tonight. Both sides executed.”

Nitavius Thomas got the scoring started on the opening drive with a short touchdown run. Tye Boyken’s point-after kick was good.

On Boone’s first offensive play from scrimmage, the Cardinals forced a fumble and Trevon Jones scooped it up for a 29-yard touchdown run and a 14-0 lead.

Tyre Connor set up the next score with a 55-yard punt return to the Boone 3-yard-line. Thomas punched it in two plays later for a 21-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Pearce Nisbet found Joseph Happy for a 33-yard touchdown pass. Nisbet also connected with Farris Shakadih on a nine-yard touchdown pass.

The passing game looked sharp for most of the game, but was marred by a pair of second-half interceptions.

“Pearce threw the ball well, until we gambled a little too much,” Lucas said. “It’s something we decided this week we had to get better at passing the ball.”

Nisbet found a variety of receivers, too, with a number of Cardinals pulling in passes.

“He did a good job of spreading the ball around,” Lucas said. “The freshman Dawson Gay came in and did a good job for us. I was happy for Happy, getting that touchdown.”

GRC added 16-yard and 3-yard touchdown runs by Thomas in the second half.

Jones recovered another fumble in the second half and returned an intercepted pass 45 yards for a score. Keaton Aldridge recovered a fumble.

Dakota Puckett scored on a quarterback keeper and Conner found the end zone on a 16-yard run to finish out the scoring.

The Cardinals will travel to Lexington to take on Lafayette next week.